England win fuels confidence: Morgan

England will derive a great deal of confidence from their tense victory over Sri Lanka in Saturday’s crucial World Twenty20 contest, captain Eoin Morgan said.

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Since being blown away by the West Indies and Chris Gayle’s blistering century in their tournament opener, England have chased down a 230-run target against South Africa and recovered from 6-57 to beat Afghanistan going into Saturday’s do-or-die contest.

Having set the holders a stiff 172-run target, 2010 champions England seemed on top after reducing Sri Lanka to 4-15 inside three overs.

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews threatened to take the game away from England with an unbeaten 73 but Morgan’s side struck crucial blows to advance to the semi-final stage of the tournament at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium.

“It gives us a great deal of confidence,” Morgan said.

“In (previous wins) we’ve had to show an immense amount of character… today was completely different the way we were way ahead in the game when they were four-down early and then Angelo got them back into the game…

“A significant improvement on the Afghanistan game. It’s nice to see it build, go from strength to strength and game by game,” said Morgan.

After Jason Roy rebuilt England’s innings following the early dismissal of Alex Hales, Jos Buttler provided the late assault to help Morgan’s team post a strong 4-171.

When they came out to defend that total, David Willey (2-26) struck early, Chris Jordan claimed 4-28, Liam Plunkett dismissed the dangerous Chamara Kapugedera and Ben Stokes sent down a tidy final over.

Their talisman Joe Root scored 25 but took a stunning catch to send back Dasun Shanaka who, partnering Mathews, was threatening to take the game away from England.

The lone blemish in an otherwise complete display was the performance of the spin duo of Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali who, between them, bled 63 runs in four wicketless overs.

Morgan said that was due to Mathews’ plan to attack them.

“I thought Angelo put himself in the best position possible towards the back end and in order to do that, he did what he had to do against the spinners.

“Bowling to a guy like that who has faced 30 balls already and is only after one agenda and with one mindset can be difficult.”

Dogs sink Dockers with early AFL blast

The Western Bulldogs arrived at Etihad Stadium spoiling for a fight and rained blows on Fremantle from the opening bell in a ferocious first quarter that set up their 65-point win.

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The slick Dogs made the dazed Dockers look as if they were running in wet sand in their 15.13 (103) to 5.8 (38) AFL win on Sunday.

From the moment Marcus Bontempelli’s opening goal sailed through after barely 16 seconds until the quarter-time siren sounded with Fremantle 41 points in arrears, the Dogs were irresistible.

“It’s a great start to the year … it means they were totally prepared and up for the fight,” Luke Beveridge said of the opening blitz.

“That’s what we ask most weeks and everything flows from there … regardless of what brand or label is put on us we need to be good in the phone box and we need to be good in the Tardis and we were good in both today.”

Jason Johannisen and Shane Biggs led the way with 35 disposals, Jake Stringer – one of 11 goal-kickers – booted five goals and Easton Wood was composed in defence along with Rob Murphy and Matthew Boyd.

Tom Liberatore had a hand in the first goal then was swamped by jubilant teammates when he kicked one of his own soon after in his first game since 2014.

The star onballer celebrated his return with 25 possessions after missing the Dogs’ run to the finals in Beveridge’s first year as he recovered from a knee reconstruction.

Where the Dogs dazzled, the Dockers looked out of sorts from the outset, with Matthew Pavlich then Hayden Ballantyne missing simple set shots in the first quarter as their side went inside the forward 50 just six times.

To make matters worse for Freo, Pavlich was reported and faces a nervous wait to see how the match review panel assesses his front on bump on Wood in the second quarter.

The margin was 50 points at halftime and Lyon found solace in the way his side fought back into the contest.

With Aaron Sandilands missing through suspension and Pavlich, Fyfe and David Mundy not having their usual influence, the Dockers outscored the Dogs in the third term to trail by 40 points at three-quarter time.

Pavlich pulled the margin back to 34 points with his only goal of the day early in the final term, but the Dogs made one final push, kicking the last five goals of the contest to celebrate an impressive win in front of 27,832 fans.

“Credit to the Bulldogs – they were a formidable opponent coming in and I thought that they delivered,” Lyon said.

“They were up for a street fight really and were out of a nice Sunday stroll and we got what we deserved.”

Migrant flow to Greece slowing

The flow of migrants and refugees from Turkey to Greece is slowing, Greek authorities say, as they also announced details of people being returned to Turkey.

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In the space of 24 hours, only 78 people crossed from the Turkish coast to Greece’s eastern Aegean islands, the Greek refugee crisis committee said on Saturday.

On Friday, 161 people had arrived.

The crisis committee estimates there are 50,200 migrants in Greece, with just over one-fifth of them staying at the Idomeni camp at the Macedonian border.

The return of migrants to Turkey is set to begin on April 4, according to an EU-Turkey agreement. The deal stipulates that any migrants that illegally entered Greece after March 20 can be returned to Turkey.

Athens is set to receive badly needed asylum experts, translators and security forces to help process migrants in the coming days. However government sources say few of 2300 helpers promised by the EU had arrived by Saturday.

Workers on the island of Lesbos have more than 2600 cases yet to process, while 1300 people are waiting on the island of Chios, the committee said. Meanwhile, 4000 migrants have gathered at Piraeus, where Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said they are treating many with respiratory problems.

“The clock is ticking,” an officer on Chios said on Saturday.

“How are we supposed to process hundreds, if not thousands, of asylum applications by April 4?”

The ministry responsible for migration issues said 71 migrants not covered by the EU deal had been returned to Turkey on Friday. Two were from Bangladesh and the rest from Pakistan.

Since the beginning of the year, 766 migrants from Pakistan, Morocco, Algeria, Bangladesh, Tunisia and elsewhere had been sent back to Turkey, the Greek ministry said.

Greece and Turkey recently revived a 14-year-old bilateral deportation agreement.

‘We woke up and she was gone’: Hundreds mourn dead US baby

Shaylyn Ammerman disappeared from her father’s house in Spencer early Wednesday and was found dead near the banks of a river the following day, according to the Associated Press.

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A coroner on Friday ruled her death a homicide by asphyxiation.

“I put her to bed around 10 or 10:30, and I checked on her at midnight before I went to bed,” Shaylyn’s grandmother, Tamera Morgan, told the AP. “She was laying in her bed sound asleep, and then we went to bed, and we woke up and she was gone.”

Police are questioning a person of interest, but no charges have been filed. Shaylyn’s family identified the man being questioned as Kyle Parker, 22.

The girl’s uncle described Parker to the Indianapolis Star as a “friend of a friend,” someone the family trusted. Parker even once rocked Shaylyn to sleep after she awoke in her crib, the Ammerman family told the Star.

“He talked so kindly,” Morgan said. “He played with Shaylyn.”

Parker’s mother, Christina Patton, said in a statement republished by Fox59, a local TV affiliate, that the family is “completely heartbroken” by the girl’s death.

“We wish to extend our most sincere condolences to Shaylyn’s family,” she said. “Our hearts are heavy and filled with grief over this beautiful little girl’s passing. It is a difficult time for all families involved.”

Although police are questioning someone, authorities warned that the case is far from closed.

“Right now, there’s just too many unanswered questions, too much information we haven’t gathered yet,” Owen County Sheriff Leonard Hobbs said. “I’m sure that in the next few days and weeks they’ll have all the information they need to bring charges accordingly.”

Authorities found Shaylyn’s body near the White River on Thursday night and were tipped off by witnesses, the AP reported. The search swelled to include more than 100 people from several police departments and agencies.

Justin Ammerman, the girl’s father, suspects that she was abducted in the middle of the night and said he was “just shocked that somebody would do this to me.”

McCullum influence still apparent: Taylor

Ross Taylor says New Zealand’s success so far at the World Twenty20 in India can be attributed to the captaincy of both Brendon McCullum and Kane Williamson.

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Williamson led the Black Caps their fourth successive group win on Saturday – a 75-run rumbling of Bangladesh in Kolkata – to set up a semi-final against England in New Delhi on Wednesday.

It was New Zealand’s sixth successive T20 win, surpassing their previous best streak of five set in 2011-12.

Taylor lauded the leadership of skipper Williamson but says the influence of the retired McCullum lives on, having guided the Black Caps to last year’s World Cup final and overseen a considerable improvement in all international formats.

“Any time you have an influential captain, you’ll have a period when his influence is still in,” said Taylor, who preceded McCullum as skipper.

“Brendon was a charismatic leader but I think Kane’s come a long way and over the next few years he’ll develop his own style. I think he already is – there’s a little bit of learning from what Brendon did but doing his own thing as well.”

The depth developed during McCullum’s three years in charge was now becoming apparent, Taylor said.

The fact that New Zealand aren’t missing the flamboyant former opener’s dominant batting at the top of the T20 order emphasises their improved ability to fill gaps.

“There’s 15 good players here and there’s probably another 6-7 that would feel disappointed not to be in this team,” Taylor said.

“Losing Brendon was a big thing at the top of the order but it shows the depth in the New Zealand team and the confidence that is has.

“Whichever 11 goes onto the field is confident in their roles.”

Farah understands who is boss: Taylor

Robbie Farah understands it is Mitchell Moses and Luke Brooks who now run the Wests Tigers, according to coach Jason Taylor.

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Farah will play his first NRL game of the season against Parramatta on Easter Monday, after missing the opening three rounds due to a knee injury.

The Tigers have impressed without Farah, in particular Moses, who has emerged as one of the NRL’s leading playmakers early in the season.

The match will be Farah’s first since the NSW No.9 stepped down from the captaincy and sorted out his feud with Taylor.

And it is a different Tigers set-up Farah is stepping into from the last decade.

“The way we have played has developed from the start of last season to this point and has been a continual development, slowly but surely the halves have got more confidence,” Taylor said at the Tigers’ captain’s run at ANZ Stadium on Sunday.

“But it is clear we want to get them the ball and to be in charge and Robbie understands that.

“Robbie also understands that when he sees an opportunity to play the best footy that Robbie Farah can play, we want him to do that.

“We have to find that balance. It is about the synergy of the team, getting the pieces to get it together.”

Farah is likely to start on the bench against the Eels.

“We will let you guys know what the team is an hour before the game. Those are the rules,” Taylor said.

The former Parramatta and South Sydney mentor welcomed the timing of Farah’s return.

“Robbie is in a good head space,” he said.

“We have lost Chris Lawrence for a week (through suspension) so Robbie coming in is perfect timing.

“That means Dene Halatau can play some back-row for us.

The Tigers suffered their first defeat of the season to Gold Coast last week after wins over the Warriors and Manly.

Parramatta handed Canterbury their first defeat of the year last week and are 2-1 after a loss to Brisbane and a win over North Queensland. Manu Ma’u returns from suspension for the Eels, pushing Kenny Edwards onto the bench and David Gower to 18th man.

KEY STATS

* This is the third meeting between these sides on Easter Monday, with the Tigers winning on each of the previous two occasions.

* This is the first time Parramatta has been 2-1 to start the season since 2009, when they last played in the grand final.

* The Tigers have a poor recent record at ANZ Stadium, winning just seven of 22 matches there since 2011.

Source: Fox Sports stats

Easter treat arrives at space station

The six astronauts at the International Space Station got an early Easter treat with the arrival of a supply ship full of fresh food and experiments.

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Instead of the usual bunny, Saturday’s delivery came via a swan – Orbital ATK’s Cygnus capsule, named after the swan constellation. The cargo carrier rocketed away from Cape Canaveral on Tuesday night.

NASA astronaut Timothy Kopra used the station’s big robot arm to grab the capsule, as the two craft soared 400km above the Indian Ocean. “Excellent work, gentlemen,” Mission Control radioed.

Four hours later, the capsule was bolted firmly to the complex.

It’s the first of three shipments coming up in quick succession.

A Russian cargo ship will lift off Thursday, followed by a SpaceX supply run on April 8. NASA has turned to private industry to keep the space station stocked.

The newly arrived Cygnus holds nearly 3600kg of groceries, equipment and research items.

Among the newfangled science: robotic grippers modelled after geckos’ feet and the ingredients for a large-scale, controlled fire.

A commercial-quality 3-D printer is packed inside as well; anyone will be able to order prints, for a price, from the Made In Space company.

Virginia-based Orbital ATK hints Easter eggs may also be on board.

The blaze – confined to a box inside the Cygnus – won’t be set until the capsule departs in May with a load of rubbish.

NASA researchers want to see how fast the cotton-fibreglass fabric burns, in hopes of improving future spacecraft safety. Following the experiment, the capsule will burn up, for real, during re-entry.

As it turns out, the Cygnus had an out-of-the-ordinary ride to orbit.

The first-stage booster of the normally reliable unmanned Atlas V rocket stopped firing six seconds early, and the upper stage had to compensate by burning a minute longer, to get the capsule in the right orbit.

Rocket maker United Launch Alliance has delayed its next launch, a military satellite mission, to figure out what went wrong.

Dizzy Nadal retires in Florida heat, Murray moves on

Nadal trailed 94th-ranked Damir Dzumhur 2-6 6-4 3-0, with the Bosnian 30-15 up on serve, when he called it a day.

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It was the first time Nadal had quit during a match since a quarter-final against Murray at the 2010 Australian Open.

“Everything was fine until the end of the first set,” Nadal said. “Then I started to feel dizzy, not very good. It was getting worse and worse.

“I wanted to finish the match, but I seriously could not. It was tough, because I felt I was playing well. I stopped because I was concerned for my health.”

Nadal twice called for a trainer, and had his blood pressure checked on the second occasion, but resumed play both times after a short break.

Dzumhur was also affected by the heat early in the match and was the first to call a trainer, but he battled on and after a poor first set eventually gained control to post his first career victory against a world top-10 player.

In the night session, Briton Murray had a heated exchange with the chair umpire en route to a 6-3 7-5 victory over Uzbek Denis Istomin.

Murray faced break point at 2-2 in the second set when he noticed that a women’s ball had somehow got into the mix. Women use different balls at the Miami Open, and they have a red stamping to differentiate them.

“That’s unbelievable. That’s one of the women’s balls. I could have just hit a shot with it,” Murray complained.

Though the rogue ball was removed from play, Murray was clearly flustered and netted a groundstroke in the next rally to lose the game.

Murray then gave the umpire another earful.

“It’s not right. Do you know how different the balls are?” he asked.

The umpire said he was fully aware but could do nothing about what had transpired.

“The point stands. It’s the same for both,” he said.

Murray then settled down, immediately broke back and closed out the match without further incident.

Number four Stan Wawrinka was the highest seed to lose on Saturday after the Swiss was sent packing 6-4 6-3 by Russian Andrey Kuznetsov, who saved eight break points.

Sixth seed Kei Nishikori of Japan moved on after beating Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-2 7-6(4).

(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Toby Davis/Peter Rutherford)

Wilkinson’s strong year continues at Bells

Australian Matt Wilkinson has continued his flying start to the World Surf League season by storming into the fourth round of the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach.

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Full of confidence on Sunday after claiming his first WSL win last week on the Gold Coast, the 27-year-old rode the momentum into a dominant round-three victory over American Kanoa Igarashi.

Wilkinson enjoyed great success at the iconic Victorian venue as a junior but until now he’d never moved out of the third round at the top level.

“I’ve always thought that this wave really suits me,” said Wilkinson, who hails from the NSW Central Coast.

“I’ve always come into this event feeling really good and as a junior I won a few events down here.

“Maybe I got a little too excited and I always seemed to get one big score and lost after needing a three (point ride) or doing something stupid.

“This year I’ve been trying to get rid of those mistakes.”

Wilkinson dominated his match-up with Igarashi, getting two high-scoring waves early on and winning 15.47 to 8.37.

“The first wave I finished really strong and every wave after that I started strong and fell off on my last turn,” he said.

“I can hold back on that last turn and make sure I get it done.

“One of the scores would have been a bit higher if I had just settled down and made sure I finished it.”

Julian Wilson was the other Australian round-three winner on Sunday in a 12.44 to 9.67 victory over Brazilian Miguel Pupo.

Hawaiian Mason Ho caused a boilover victory in the final round-three encounter of the day.

Ho caught the highest-scoring wave of the heat in the dying seconds to claim a 15.10 to 14.33 win over reigning world champion Adriano de Souza of Brazil.

The other third-round winners on Sunday were Brazilians Italo Ferreira and Wiggolly Dantas and American Nat Young.

Australian stars Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson, and 11-time world champ Kelly Slater of the US have yet to contest their third-round match-ups.

Slater stayed alive in an event he has won four times by winning a cut-throat second-round encounter against teen wildcard Timothee Bisso from the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe on Sunday morning.

The 44-year-old Slater won the first of his four Bells titles in 1994 – before Bisso was born.

Vigil held for Muslim shopkeeper killed in ‘religiously prejudiced’ attack

A vigil has been held in Glasgow for a well-respected Muslim shopkeeper who was killed in what police are treating as a “religiously prejudiced” attack.

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Only hours before his death on Thursday night Asad Shah had wished Christians a happy Easter in a social media post, and he had previously appeared to speak out against violence.

He was found seriously injured outside his shop in the Shawlands area of Glasgow and pronounced dead on arrival at hospital.

A Muslim man has been arrested over his death.

Around 150 people gathered on Saturday in the rain to pay their respects to the 40-year-old, as floral tributes continued to be laid close to where he was found.

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The event, organised by local teenagers on social media, followed a vigil on Friday night attended by a crowd of around 400-500 people, including Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Aleesa Malik, 17, said Shah had taken the effort to care for every customer.

“He would want to know how are you, what are you doing. He took an interest in everyone’s lives – old, young, anyone.

“You could be any colour, that would not be an issue for him, he just cared too much.”

Nabah Younis, 16, said she had been visiting the shop since she was a young girl.

She described Shah as a “lovely guy”.

Commenting on organising the vigil, she said: “I just felt for the amount of support Mr Shah gave us – us as in Glasgow, Glasgow had to give something in return, and that is exactly what we are doing.”

She said messages of support had been sent on social media from all over the UK, and further afield.

“It feels warmer knowing that there is so much support, from young people to old people, people not even from this area, and people who had not even met Mr Shah,” she added.

“The community have reacted – he has brought everybody together.

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— Tasmina Sheikh MP (@TasminaSheikh) March 25, 2016